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To War or not to War?

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That is the question for president Obama.  No doubt it is every bit as vexing as the one with which Prince Hamlet wrestled in the Shakespeare classic that bears his name.

In Hamlet’s famous soliloquy, he tries to decide if it would be better to commit suicide or struggle with the pains and unfairness of life.   His dilemma is not that far removed from the one facing our 44th president.  Obama’s choice is between political suicide or pubic ridicule.

Obama firmly believes that he was elected to avoid war at all cost, so much so, that he squandered our hard-fought victory in Iraq in order to declare peace, when there was no peace, and bring our troops home prematurely.  But, alas, our enemy metastasized.  It is slaughtering our friends in the region, openly beheading our citizens on the internet and threatening to spill blood in our streets.

Does Obama declare war on ISIS and take the necessary action to rid the world of this evil or does he simply invoke the Authorization for Use of Military Force given to his predecessor?

If he does the former, he would need permission from Congress, which likely would mean the political deaths of some dovish Democratic senators.  If he does the latter, he will be exposed as a hypocrite. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 17th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Suddenly It’s 1964 Again

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Suddenly, it’s 1964 again.  Racial tension is in the air.  Cries of “injustice” and “police brutality” occupy the headlines.  However, the epicenter has moved from Mississippi and Harlem to Ferguson, Missouri, a small municipality which occupies a slice of northeastern St. Louis County.

Unfortunately for the peace-loving citizens in that community, those fanning the flames which have led to the violence are stuck in 1964.  Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and members of the New Black Panther Party have never moved on.  They are  in a time warp.   In fact, their relevance depends on being able to make disadvantaged blacks believe that the system is rigged against them.  That’s how they get their power and earn the money to buy their expensive suits and chauffeur-driven limousines.    Read the rest of this entry »

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August 20th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

A Christian Response to the Border Crisis

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The current crisis at the border due to the influx of thousand of young people and some children has tugged at our heartstrings and rightfully so.

The U.S. is a welcoming country.  We grant permanent legal status to a million applicants a year and temporary visas to countless others as tourists, students or the much abused H-1B program where businesses import workers claiming they can’t find qualified U.S. citizens to fill their job requirements.  In addition, we admit thousands more as refugees fleeing persecution based on religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group.

Despite what you may have heard, the illegals crossing our southern border do not fall into the refugee category.  Most are from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.  The problems in these countries are nothing new.  All of these governments receive aid from the U.S. but they are inept and fraught with corruption. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 13th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

The Border Crises in the U.S. and Israel

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The border crises in the U.S. and Israel are not that complicated.  Draw on your parenting experience and follow me.

You have two siblings who are fighting.  The younger one is injured and comes running to you for help.  You punish the older child, but despite all your efforts at peace making, this scenario is repeated again and again until you finally discover that the younger one is the real aggressor.  He picks on his peaceful, larger brother until the older boy can stand it no longer and finally retaliates in an attempt to put an end to the conflict.  The younger brother’s reward is seeing his older brother punished.  And, yes, it is worth the occasional bloody nose.

The problem is solved when the younger one is finally held accountable and punished for his misdeeds.   Read the rest of this entry »

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July 30th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

Bundy, Sterling and Kerry: A Trio of Fools

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Over this past week, the news has been dominated by a series of inappropriate, racist remarks.

First, there was Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who had achieved near rock star status by standing up to the feds over burdensome grazing fees.  After drawing support from militia groups to the halls of Congress, the rancher was overcome with his new-found popularity and sense of self-importance.  When he held a press conference and suggested that black Americans were better off as slaves than under our present welfare system, his supporters fled like cockroaches exposed to the light.

Then, along came Donald Sterling, the cavorting owner of the Los Angeles Clippers who was caught on tape, allegedly asking a girlfriend not to bring blacks to the games or post pictures with them on Facebook.  Sterling was quickly condemned by President Barack Obama and Clipper sponsors begin pulling their ads.

Bundy (once) was enjoying his five minutes of fame and in the process showed his prejudice.  He rightfully suffered public scorn and his cause (too much federal control over too much public land) regrettably is lost.

Sterling, who is no angel, may or may not be guilty of his alleged crime but he has been banished from the NBA and has been ordered to sell his team.

Put it in perspective:  These are simply two old codgers caught in a time warp.  No matter how hard we try, we never will eliminate the last racist or sexist thought.  It is impossible.   Read the rest of this entry »

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April 30th, 2014 at 5:30 pm


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